Historical Society Receives Matching Grant to Recognize Contributions of Past President Pat Lennon

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a new challenge grant in support of its planned new Archives Center building: starting in May, all donations made in honor of past president Pat Lennon will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a donor who worked with Pat at the Historical Society and admires …

Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

The Historical Society is co-hosting a book launch for Jan Twitchell’s new book, A Fortunate Life. The event will be held on Thursday Dec. 7 at 3 pm at Brandywine Living, 132 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield. Jan began the book as an oral history for the Historical Society, before it turned …

Proposed New Archives Center

The Historical Society of Haddonfield plans to build a new Archives Center on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property at 343 Kings Highway East, just steps from Greenfield Hall and the Mickle House. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM …

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50+ Years of Past Newsletters Now Available Online

December 21, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on 50+ Years of Past Newsletters Now Available Online

hsh-internet-archiveThe Society is now providing free, searchable, online access to 50+ years of our Bulletin newsletters via the Internet Archive:

archive.org/details/haddonfieldhistory

Thanks to the diligent work of a volunteer in the Society’s Archives Center and Research Library, readers can now read issues from 1958-2011 online. (Newer issues are still for members only.)

You can browse images of the pages, search full-text versions of the articles, or follow subject tags to find other related content. Happy reading!

 

Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill

November 30, 2016 Events Comments Off on Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill

talbots-storeThe Historical Society is holding a Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill.

Please join us Tuesday December 6 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Talbots, Towne Place at Garden State Park, 957 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ.

10% of proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

Hope to see you there!

We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

giving_tuesday_logostacked1Celebrate the history of Haddonfield!

On Giving Tuesday, help us protect Haddonfield’s rich history for generations to come. Your donation will help us continue to share our area’s history with local students, preserve important artifacts and family papers, and care for Greenfield Hall and the Samuel Mickle House.

You can make a gift online using the PayPal link on the right side of this page, or mail a check to the Historical Society of Haddonfield, 343 Kings Kingway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Thank you in advance for your support! We’re so appreciative of all of our members, donors, volunteers, and others in the Haddonfield community who have backed us over the years.

“The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

November 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on “The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

brianregalThe Society’s next General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 16 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Brian Regal of Kean University will be presenting “The Real Jersey Devil.” The event is free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

Due to anticipated interest, we’ll be gathering for this event only in the meeting room at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield.

What is or was the Jersey Devil? The actual thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds, cursed by her to be the spawn of Satan after the burden of bearing twelve other children, or a silly backwoods superstition? Does it bear the features of bat and kangaroo, or is it more like a winged goat? Does it slaughter dogs and pigs and even its own mother, or is it a harmless tale told to add a thrill to Pinelands camping trips? What are the facts behind its birth and how has it lived so long, with sightings still occurring to this day?

According to Dr. Regal, the story of the Jersey Devil is far more important and interesting than the details of its appearance or its authenticity. “The problem is that everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong,” says Dr. Regal. “It is not about a spectral winged horse, demon, but rather the bare-knuckled political and religious upheavals and fights of colonial America. The real story of the Jersey Devil’s birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than anyone thinks. It is a product not of witchcraft, but innuendo, scandal, rumor mongering, and media hype. It illuminates a forgotten part of American history. “

Dr. Regal teaches the history of science, technology, and medicine at Kean University. His interests are wide-ranging, including how the fringe and mainstream in science interact. In 2013, he published Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads and Cryptozoology, exploring the lives of mainstream scientists who believed seemingly far-fetched creatures like the Sasquatch and Yeti were real animals, not simply the products of folklore or hoaxes. He has shared his research in venues ranging from academic journals to the History Channel series “True Monsters.” He has collaborated with Kean University colleague Dr. Frank Esposito on a new book, tentatively titled Satan’s Harbinger: The Real Story of the Jersey Devil, scheduled to be published this spring.

Hope to see you the 16th for this intriguing presentation!

Next Book Club Meeting Tuesday November 15

October 31, 2016 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Meeting Tuesday November 15

bill-bryson-bookJoin us Tuesday, November 15 for the next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club. This month, we’ll discussing the book Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson.

Bryson shares a fascinating tale of the history of “American” English from the Mayflower to today. You’re sure to learn many new things about the language you speak. For instance, why did Americans “save such good old English words as skedaddle, chitterlings, and chore, but not fortnight or heath?”

We’ll be meeting at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

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